Michael has been busy collecting cherries, he has combed the lanes round Bellaugello Gay Country House selecting the ripest and juiciest cherries which he plucked.   Bags and bags of cherries have appeared in the kitchen we serve them for breakfasts and yesterday afternoon he was busy in the kitchen making cherry marmalade and a spicy […]

Chilly, dry, just the time to get the Orto or vegetable garden here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House dug over ready for the frost to do its work before planting begins, oh and the new fence is erected! Hard sweaty work but so so satisfying. Now we hope for a bit of frost, meanwhile I’m […]

A friend’s brother reportedly said “Boudicca – don’t let the Romans get near her!” Last weekend a foal was born in the valley.  The mother a beautiful white Camargue  mare, both mother and daughter are doing well.  Boudicca was born early in the morning and spotted nestling on the edge of some bushes by my […]

Here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House autumn is upon us, a time for checking everything prior to winter.  So it was that together with Bobby and Jenny I trundled off downhill in the Apetto down the valley to the river Chiascio for an early morning dog walk. Passing I just had to snap a pic […]

Another week of hot sun interspersed with rain and the grass has gown wildly. We have strummed between most of the rows, and to my utter delight grapes are already forming. Now we must spray. I am learning the cyclical ways of farming and how to juggle time between guests, kitchen and the grape!

After years of waiting patiently the pink wisteria which I planted alongside the violet one has decided to flower generously, and both are in bloom at the same time, a real delight The garden here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House is looking lush and verdant. Today we turfed the bad bits of lawn by the […]

Weeks of fine weather have suddenly gone today The fruit trees are just over full bloom and are setting their fruit, tiny delicate, tender… There is a rapping on the window, outside there is a hailstorm, hard pellets of ice furiously battering the glass and rooftop and my tender trees……

So I have taken over part of a vineyard. I must be mad! The closest I have ever come to viticulture is helping neighbours in the valley at the vendemmia. As I discovered cutting bunches of grapes in long September days is pleasurable, especially when there is a good farmhouse lunch too…. Otherwise I know […]

A chilly blustery morning finds me and Isis, my neighbour down in the vineyard being given our first lesson on how to prune the vines. March is the month for the initial pruning, and my neighbour and good friend Martin demonstrates how the vines should be pruned and tied. Martin is one of the few […]